The Roman Forum, in Black and White

The Roman Forum, in Black and White

Roman Forum

Only a few places in the world (among those I visited so far) give me as much inspiration and delight as the Roman Forum.

While  many people see the Coliseum as the symbol and icon of Rome, to me it’s the Roman Forum which expresses the essence of the ‘Eternal City’ and of one of the highest civilisations in human history. As I walk through one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in the world, I  try to listen at the stories told by every single stone, column, capital, by what is left of the imposing Roman architecture.

See Naples and Die’ wrote J.W. Goethe in Italian Journey, a chronicle of his first trip to Italy, to follow the footpath of the Greek and Roman classic culture.  At that time, Naples was experiencing a golden age under the Bourbon dynasty, and since then the famous phrase has become popular and often mentioned.

It’s hard to imagine how the Italian cities were like at the end of the 18th Century, if the Roman Forum was as impressive as it is now, but for as much as I like Naples the only phrase I can imagine is ‘See Rome and Die’. To me, it remains the most beautiful city in the world, the one that every time takes my breath away, the one inspiring an eternal love.

 

More reading: A Photo Tour of Ancient Rome

 

2 Comments
  • Mandi
    Posted at 23:49h, 07 August Reply

    Truly beautiful pic but that’s the Palatine Hill (more specifically, part of the hippodrome) and not the Roman Forum. An easy mistake to make though 🙂

  • Wendy
    Posted at 05:11h, 27 June Reply

    The photo is absolutely stunning! My wanderlusting heart yearns to visit there someday … but for now, I’m happy experiencing the pure awesomeness of the world through your eyes, and the eyes of all the other travelers living out their dreams. Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration!

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